Have you ever felt tired of vandals destroying your property, sick of sewerage system regulation which for that matter is not really regulated, threatened by drug addicts and criminals that just pass by unnoticed harming the citizens or may be the regular guys that appear oh-so-normal doing unethical and illegal acts which in someway traumatize you?
Guess what? We all are tired of it.
Being a victim of many other intimidating acts along with the mentioned ones who does not want to eradicate those evils from the society for the mutual ease of everybody.
A group of citizens, just like us has taken the initiative to provide us with an online portal which we can use as a drop box for our complaints.
The fact is, at some point we need to stop blaming the government and rise as a responsible citizen. Feeling the need of it, Uzair Ahmed, the Founder of ActiveShehri.com with the collaboration of a group of ‘Responsible Citizens’ has coined an online solution to our problems so that we don’t have to waste our time chasing the higher authorities to file our complaint against their respective business.
ActiveShehri.com is a platform which can be used to report our personal issues as well as community and development issues related to our areas.
Another great thing for which this very platform can be considered is that they are planning to create awareness among the citizens by acknowledging and educating on various subjects like ‘How to file an FIR’.
Another plus is, the site will offer a free directory of contact information of higher authorities and departments to provide people with a direct contact.
How will this portal work?
Now, just to give you a rough idea of what kind of problems you are supposed to report there; that could include a person having problems with the education affordability of his children for which he can seek donations from other people.
ActiveShehri will be helpful for those people too who want to donate but they face hard time trusting on other departments for if their money is really helping the cause for which they have donated.
Other issues that encompass health and sanitation problems will be catered too. Other than that, crime and forgery reports can also be sent to the concerned authorities via using this platform.
You can also send in applications based on appeal about the need of a development project in an area or the not-functioning project that is supposed to be completed and working.
One thing should be kept in mind, the people working for and behind the site are neither apparatchiks nor official members of some sort of departments and association that have a direct connection with the concerned higher authorities rather they are regular citizens trying to help people by providing them a medium which can be used as a drop-in box until the complaint is brought under consideration of the respective domain.
The team has been in talks with authorities like the Chief of Civil Services Academy and other influential bodies, a local news channel City42 for a while now.
They plan to form a network of people and the authorities by involving media bodies upon request to assist the citizens with their issues. They also have a detailed categorized procedure on their site to help you send in your complaint. And a public textual record of total reports including the reports that are on hold, in process and successfully resolved.
Up till now, the startup is only covering Lahore, its constituencies and sub areas but they sure will expand the network to invite, aware and empower more and more people to mutually help each other.
I genuinely hope that this project grows successfully. Join in the league of #activeshehries.